Population rates of haemorrhage and transfusions among obstetric patients in NSW: A short communication
Article first published online: 15 JUN 2009
© 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2009 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Volume 49, Issue 3, pages 296–298, June 2009
How to Cite
ROBERTS, C. L., FORD, J. B., THOMPSON, J. F. and MORRIS, J. M. (2009), Population rates of haemorrhage and transfusions among obstetric patients in NSW: A short communication. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 49: 296–298. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2009.00985.x
- Issue published online: 15 JUN 2009
- Article first published online: 15 JUN 2009
- Received 20 August 2008; accepted 19 December 2008.
- antepartum haemorrhage;
- caesarean section;
- post-partum haemorrhage;
We estimated the population rates of obstetric haemorrhage and transfusion among women giving birth, utilising data collected in a review of the delivery admissions of 1200 randomly selected women in New South Wales in 2002. The estimated population obstetric haemorrhage rate was 13.1% (11.4% post-partum haemorrhage (PPH), 2.2% antepartum haemorrhage) and the transfusion rate was 1.06% (0.9% vaginal births, 1.6% of caesarean sections). When variations in definitions and denominators were accounted for, the difference in PPH rates among vaginal births (13.1%) and caesarean sections (6.3%) disappeared, suggesting PPH is under-ascertained for women delivered by caesarean section.